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Chris Cagle (born November 10, 1968) is an American country music artist. He was first known for writing songs for David Kersh before signing to Virgin Records Nashville in 2000. Cagle made his debut on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts with the single "My Love Goes On and On", the first single from his debut album Play It Loud. The album, which was certified gold in the United States, also produced the Top 10 hit "Laredo" and "I Breathe In, I Breathe Out", his only number one hit. Play It Loud was followed in 2002 by Chris Cagle, released on Capitol Records Nashville. Also a gold album in the U.S., it produced the Top 5 hits "What a Beautiful Day" and "Chicks Dig It". Anywhere but Here, his third album, followed in 2005 and produced the number 12-peaking "Miss Me Baby". A fourth studio album, titled My Life's Been a Country Song, was released in 2008, and its lead-off single, "What Kinda Gone", peaked at 3 on the country music charts in early 2008. After exiting Capitol in 2008, he signed with Bigger Picture Music Group in 2011. Cagle was born in DeRidder, Louisiana on November 10, 1968; by the time he was four years old, his family moved to Sugar Land, Texas, just outside of Houston, Texas. He stayed there until moving to Baytown, Texas in high school. During his high school years, he took piano lessons before switching to guitar. His senior year he moved to White Settlement, Texas, where he attended Brewer High School before moving back to Baytown,Texas and graduating from Ross S. Sterling High School in 1987. After graduating high school, he attended University of Texas at Arlington for one year. He skipped his finance courses to audit music classes, and performed at night in nearby clubs. Cagle later dropped out of college. Chris moved to Nashville in 1994 at the behest of entertainment attorney Rod Phelps. Chris told Phelps that he "...had no place to live, no job, and no money". Phelps hired Cagle as a nanny for Phelps' three daughters, Shayna, Ashley and Tiffany, where he remained for several months. While in Nashville, Cagle was waiting tables and tending bar while working to improve himself as a songwriter. One big break came when he met the legendary Harlan Howard, who was so impressed with Chris's songwriting progress that he was the first to publish one of his songs. Chris then landed a publishing deal and had songs recorded by David Kersh. A woman he met while waiting tables led him to Virgin Records head Scott Hendricks, who signed him to a label deal. He currently lives in Love County, Oklahoma. Cagle graduated Ross S. Sterling High school in Baytown, Texas in 1987. He married school teacher Elizabeth Filer on September 10, 2001 in Houston, Texas, but the marriage ended in divorce in 2003. On October 3, 2005, he announced on his web site that he was not the biological father of his then-girlfriend's baby. Chris is a brother of the Missouri Theta Chapter of Phi Delta Theta. On December 15, 2013, he was arrested in Greenville, Texas on "suspicion of driving while intoxicated".
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